A leaky shower head is not only irritating; it can be expensive too. Because they’re confined behind a glass partition or a curtain, sometimes these leaks can go undetected. Did you know that a leaking shower head and faucet is the second biggest cause of brine wastage second only to continuously running toilet?
And if your leak is on the hot water side of this valve, it will make your water heater work continuously to produce hot brine. Both can result in a significant increase in your utility bills. What is even more damaging that’s if a dripping shower head is left to leak into this inside of your wall, it can cause mold, rot, and structural problems that will be costly to repair.
If you see that your shower head is old and rusty or falling apart, it needs replacement. But if that shower head is in good condition, but it’s still leaking, you don’t have to replace them right away. There are simple ways to fix them.
If your water is dripping or drizzling from this showerhead, that most likely culprit’s problem with your shower valve. This most common reason is these inner seals. Through time these seals become worn, corroded or clogged with deposits of hard water. Another reason could be these gaskets and O-rings that serve as a seal to connect some moving metal parts that are worn out. It allows your water to squirt or drip.
Another common reason for these leaks in that shower head is the clogging of holes with lime residues and other minerals. You don’t have to dismantle that entire head; you can simply check these holes first and remove these clogs if there is any.
The water that goes to your shower head comes from your faucet that’s probably located in the wall just below it. That brine pressure is redirected from that faucet in your tub to your shower with a diverter valve. It’s a lever located close to that faucet. These leaks in your showerhead may be a combination of other features in the shower and not from showerhead alone.
If your showerhead is constantly leaking even if your shower faucet is turned off, you need a shower faucet repair. Depending on how long this leak has been going on, it might also involve your showerhead.
We can conclude that this showerhead is the only problem if it continues to drip even if your shower faucet is turned off.
There are four ways to fix your leaky shower, and it goes beyond merely addressing this issue with your showerhead. It may require repairs on these one or more parts that composed your shower system. Here they’re:
One clear indication that your shower head is clogged with lime deposits and minerals is when you turn off the shower and yet water is still dripping. Over time, lime and other metals can accumulate in your showerhead. When this happened, tends to hold water that it cannot drain quickly. Consequently, you will also experience a weaker flow of water from your shower. Here is what you should do:
The second common cause of a leaking shower faucet is worn washers. It develops cracks and will let brine to seep in and drizzle when it should not. Thus, you need to replace these washers to stop these leaks in your shower. Here is how to do it.
The third common cause of shower leaks is a malfunctioning diverter valve. That’s just a fancy name for the lever that switches the direction of the water to your shower. The diverter valve can experience wear and tear too and sometimes build-up of sediments. To replace them, follow these steps.
The cartridge valve is located in that single-arm handle that switches the water from hot or cold. It’s also responsible for triggering water flow. If you have a tub spout leaking even if the water is off, you have a problem. There are many types of water handles, but these are some essential steps in fixing them.
In most cases, thorough cleaning of the showerhead and replacement of these washers or O-rings are enough to fix a leaky shower faucet. These solutions are not expensive and easy to do. However, if you want to be 100% sure, you can call a professional plumber to repair them and find out that real issue behind the leaks.